22 October, 2017

Smart Patriotism: Outlining A Doctrine For Sri Lanka In The World

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

As the Daily FT reported (Monday, March 6th 2017), the annual convention of the Voice of Professionals, better known by its Sinhala brand-name Viyath Maga, was an unprecedentedly successful event: “…a packed audience at the Annual Convention of the Viyath Maga… a network of academics, professionals and entrepreneurs, was held on Saturday with the participation of 2,000 members.”

These 2,000 delegates, almost all of whom were well-educated and credentialed professionals who explicitly identify themselves as patriots—and a far cry from the pro-western Yahapalana fellow travelers; the bought and paid for NGOistas and the handful of federalist civil society retirees revealed in WikiLeaks as “trusted sources of the US Embassy” (not to mention actual employees of the US embassy and its affiliates).

While congratulations must surely go to the father of the network, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa and the affable, indefatigable young conference coordinator Indika Liyanahewage, it would not be inaccurate to do disclose that the venture has been inspired by Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The growing membership has a sense of appreciation for his declared respect for professional expert opinion. Their aspiration is for an Asian modernist developmental revolution in Sri Lanka guided by a strong patriotic state in synergy with creative private entrepreneurship and educated experts; one which would turn this country into a South Asian Malaysia.

Invited to address the convention after the rousing yet non-partisan introductory remarks by Dr. Godahewa, I dealt with several points relevant to the topic assigned to me: “Sri Lanka’s International Relations in a Changing World”.

Making the point that Minister Samaraweera’s declaration at the High Level segment of the UN Human Rights Council’s 34th session recently in Geneva that “69 years” of effort by Sri Lanka at “nation-building and…socioeconomic progress” had been “a failed experiment” and “an era which needed to be ended” was the most disgraceful thing any Sri Lankan Foreign Minister –and perhaps any Foreign Minister –had ever said about his country in any international forum, and in that sense that we are now at the nadir of Sri Lanka’s international self-respect, I reminded the audience about the three great phases of Sri Lanka’s role and standing in the world: 1956-1979 (from SWRD’s UNGA speech to President Jayewardene’s warmly friendly handover of the NAM chairmanship to Fidel Castro), the years of Lakshman Kadirgamar’s stewardship of foreign affairs, and the management of foreign policy and power balancing during the war years within the Mahinda Rajapaksa first term. I stated that the problem is, as the Buddha emphasized, to stop the cycle by exiting it. It is necessary to avoid the cycle of international success followed by ignominy and establish a stable posture of prestige and assertive success in the world.

I suggested that in order to do this, we have to face three questions squarely.

1. How should we understand the national and the international; more concretely, what should be the outlook of a relatively small island located south of the Indian subcontinent and on the West-East nautical crossroads?
2. What should our guiding concept be, around which we can build an ideology to safeguard our national interest?
3. Who, which social class or strata can act as the bearer of this strategic concept and agency of this world outlook and ideology?

I ventured to suggest the three following propositions as answers to these three questions.

I. For an island like Sri Lanka whose destinies have been shaped, even determined, not by purely internal dynamics but by the interaction of the internal and the external factors and influences, there cannot be an ideology, world outlook or policy paradigm that is purely “national”. If the dangers are international and the battlefield is global, logically, how can the response be national? For us there cannot be a Great Wall of China between the national and the international. The border between external and internal is a flimsy, porous, permeable partition. We cannot allow the international to be imposed upon the national nor can we impose the national upon the international. We have to grasp and manage the dynamics, the dialectical interrelationships, between the national and the international.

II. This perspective is what I call “Smart Patriotism”. It is an advanced patriotism, not a backward one. It is a project in which Sri Lanka’s national interests and views are translated successfully into a discourse of universalism which the global community can then absorb. It is an outlook in which Sri Lanka’s culture is made part of global culture. In the realm of Sri Lanka’s international relations, I identified the following (in chronological sequence, not necessarily that of merit) as exemplary Smart Patriots in the foreign affairs realm: SWRD Bandaranaike, Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe, Neville Kanakaratne and Lakshman Kadirgamar. Globally, I identified the paradigmatic articulation of Smart Patriotism as that of Fidel Castro who said he was not a nationalist but a patriot and emphasized that “Internationalism isn’t just a necessity…it’s a condition for survival.”

III. The third and final proposition I put forward was that the social agency for Smart patriotism was what Antonio Gramsci called the “organic intellectuals” and Jean-Paul Sartre termed “engaged” or “committed” intellectuals, writers and artists. I expanded this to include the educated professional strata and the patriotic entrepreneurs. These strata which had gathered around Viyath Maga, potentially constituted a New Patriotic Elite, the organic vanguard of the educated middle classes and the bearers of Smart Patriotism. I concluded by adding that the executive presidency, the unitary state and the national list constituted an ensemble which was ideal for the participation of this social group in the state and state policy. So far, with a few notable exceptions the national list had not been used for this purpose, but the professionals should secure a guaranteed percentage of the national list posts and through this channel should have a guaranteed share of Cabinet portfolios. I pointed to the educational composition of Cabinets in Singapore, Rwanda, Iran and Cuba.

Concluding, I urged that we fight against the dangerous effort to destroy (under cover of Constitutional change) the existing state system, most especially the Executive Presidency, which was ideal for professionals to participate and serve in.

*Summary of speech on “Sri Lanka’s International Relations in a Changing World” delivered at the 2nd annual convention of Voice of Professionals–Viyath Maga– at Golden Rose, Boralesgamuwa, March 4th 2017.

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    Why can’t someone speak about inter- community relations within Sri Lanka before talking about patriotism and international relationships?

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      Thamilan

      “Why can’t someone speak about inter- community relations within Sri Lanka before talking about patriotism and international relationships?”

      The reason is if people understood what is being discussed in forums proximity to them it would undermine/undervalue the so called self proclaimed experts, analysed, political scientists, ….

      Therefore no one in their interest would want to bust the myth about themselves.

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        The greatest act of patriotism any Lankan can do is to go out and get a real job.

        If Dayan, Mahinda, Gota, Basil, Ranil, CBK, Vasudeva, Dinesh, Weerawansa, Sambanadan, Thondaman, Hakeem ……… Head priests of Malwatte and other chapters, The Cardinal and the Bishops …. wanna be Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim ….. redeemers, go out and get real jobs, like a miracle – Adra Cadabra – all Sri Lanka’s problems will disappear instantly! No kidding; just try it.

        In the meantime if you still want a patriot (smart or otherwise) show me $18 billion or there abouts I’ll be any patriot you wanna me to be.

        I am your man. Patriots don’t come any better.

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          nimal fernando

          “In the meantime if you still want a patriot (smart or otherwise) show me $18 billion or there abouts I’ll be any patriot you wanna me to be.”

          You are too expensive a patriot.

          “I am your man. Patriots don’t come any better.”

          Do you know the price Tag on smart ass patriots for example,

          Dayan, K A Sumanasekere, somaass, Gunaratnam, ….. ?

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            This is an example of smart fartriotism by an individual who is constipated at both top and tail.

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              DIVIDE and RULE by Distracting the moda masses with racism and spurious debates over nationalism / patriotism is the name of DJ’s game and of course that of his patrons – Mahinda Jarapassa family of corrupt crooks, financial criminals and war criminals!

            • 0
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              Paracetamol does the trick of getting rid of tennis balls.

        • 0
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          Talking through his bloody rear. [Edited out]

        • 8
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          Nimal
          This exactly what I believe too.
          They must go out and get a real job without getting into politics to rob our tax money and divide and rule us by using the main religion.
          True patriots do a honest days work and earn a honest day’s money.

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      Leave aside doctrines and dogmas,

      the smartest patriotism one can think for multi-ethnic/religious Sri Lanka is the type that Switzerland has where the three major communities have autonomy and equal rights.

      With Sinhala language and Buddhism given the foremost place and obvious state discrimination against the minorities you can’t expect true patriotism among all citizens.

      The result is disharmony sans patriotism of any kind as Sri Lankan, to say the least.

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        Thiru:

        Why Tamils are moving only in one direction. They move only out of Tamilnadu.

        Sinhale is easy to bully because politicians have fked it up and present leaders are smarter than cattle.

        why there is no human migration from Sinhala to Tamilnadu and there are no sinhala people in Tamilnadu ?

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          human migration from Sinhala to Tamilnadu

          Thats because all Sinhala are low caste Dalits (according to Devadassi pimping Brahmin Sarma) and dont want to be controlled by mumbo jumbo muttering pony tailed lout Brahmins.

          We have one of the most egalitarian society in South Asia or even Asia.

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            gutter snakes galore!
            did you know which place and which family you would be born?
            Pimping poo like Winnie the poo!
            when we do the dance the whole world dance.

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          The answer is simple. Tamil Nadu people don’t want us. But we want the Tamils.

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      I guess that is what the TNA is talking about in North when holding rallies

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      How can ever DJ or the like talk about SMART patriotism ?

      He is greedy at his own agendas. This is no overlooked. Those who know are well aware of the ground realities of DJ. THis particular srilanken, DJ and SN Silva are more or less the same. These men abuse the folks for their opportunistic agendas ON and ON. Saddest reality is the vulnerable get caught easily.

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      Is there any difference between these so called Sinhalese professionals and academic and Dayan , GL Peries ect. These are Buddhist Fundamentalists backed by murderous BBS..

      • 0
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        except that they are Catholic by religion..LOL

    • 7
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      What bull crap!!!

      Can’t you people understand what this Dayan J de Silva is trying to come up with? He is going round and round the mulberry bush and coming to one conclusion and that is not to abolish the National list. That is the only way he can get into the parliament as a national list MP. This entire speech is for him to achieve his personal gains. He has an intention of becoming a national list MP and nothing else.

      Even a child knows that what JR introduced in the 1978 constitution, that is the executive presidency and the national list MPs is an utter failure in Sri Lanka and should be abolished at any cost. The Sri Lankan people are much more intelligent than this opportunist Dayan. I hope Ranil-Maithree will go ahead with their plan to abolish this good for nothing executive presidency and the national list MPs from our constitution.

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        Yes, you are right.

        Like Lakshman Kadirgamar, Dayan Jayathilake also wants to enter parliament as a national list MP and then become a foreign minister. However, there is a vast difference between the smart, intelligent, educated, well-to-do, gentleman Lakshman Kadirgamar and this stupid, cunning, so called ‘educated’, bootlicker and vagabond Dayan Jayathilake.

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      RE: Smart Patriotism: Outlining A Doctrine For Sri Lanka In The World

      “Their aspiration is for an Asian modernist developmental revolution in Sri Lanka guided by a strong patriotic state in synergy with creative private entrepreneurship and educated experts; one which would turn this country into a South Asian Malaysia.”

      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, licking the Rakapaksa asses again?

      While the group has great intentions, unlike Malaysia, the Paras, the Para-Patriots, Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamil, Para-Muslims and other Paras, have lower average IQs, can certainty improve the conditions for all paras, with a sense of belonging to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. However, the fact remains that the so-called “Patriots” are still Paras, para-Sinhala, Para-Tamil etc..

      This is a new twist by the Para-Sinhala, to claim that only they are Patriots, while the others are not,, and with Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the MaRa Rajapaksa family trying to get back to power.

      what did they do to the True Patriot and Hero General Saratrh Fonseka?

      The Group should ;ls state up-front All are Paras, and even though they are Paras, they are Para-Patriots.

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        Amarasiri @ not again,

        he has always been licking theirs for such a long time.

        His motive was SP to be the president and get DJ posted as the FM to the cabinet.
        But by today, he has to admit though with difficulties that his is no match to anywhere.

        SP has changed a lot in him, and he supports keeping UNP under one umpbrella. This again, will be a threat to DJ. By now, DJ has lost anything and everything.
        I dont see any future progress with DJ s profile.

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      Because the communal relation is a cancer that our colonial masters left for us cannibalize. We have to become Sri Lankans rather that Sinhalese, tamils, etc.

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        Ronny

        “Because the communal relation is a cancer that our colonial masters left for us cannibalize.”

        Nearly 70 years of independence is not enough for the Lankies to learn and change. What a wonderful people these Lankies have been.

        “We have to become Sri Lankans rather that Sinhalese, tamils, etc.”

        It didn’t help. How about becoming humans first and whatever later? With murderous intent it could be difficult for both Sinhalese and Tamils.

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        Ronny

        “We have to become Sri Lankans rather that Sinhalese, tamils, etc.”

        The all are Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamils, Para-Muslims, Para-Malaya, Para-Portuguese, etc.

        Do a survey and ask what do they want to be?

        Sri Lankans or Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamils, Para-Muslims, Para-Malaya, Para-Portuguese, etc.

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    Whoa! Dr DJ

    What’s this?……one which would turn this country into a South Asian Malaysia…….

    Once upon a time we set Singapore as our benchmark. How times have changed.

    Foreigners are not so easily fooled these days. All our ‘patriotism’ amounts to a hill of beans if we don’t reconcile our communities, and stand together.

    Sweet dreams DJ.

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      Spring Koha

      “All our ‘patriotism’ amounts to a hill of beans if we don’t reconcile our communities, and stand together.”

      Did you mean foreigners/strangers groping our women folks if we don’t treat our family well?

      Old chap I admire your respect for family values.

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        Old chap may have read Trump twitter o n Sunday and that Barry and Dem’s are in the doc- Watergate. SS said they are working on the missing papers- give it 2 weeks The Trinco trio may be praying for justice- cat is out of bag.
        Modi Toadi and India gets zero power like SL

        Old chap better start sniffing food because that is what the mind was initially made for.
        filthy old chap – mea culpa padere and after that robber baron.

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      “Once upon a time we set Singapore as our benchmark”

      Once upon a time Singapore set Ceylon as their benchmark!

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        Village lass!
        Life is a moment in time. Even Brexit is on Catch 22 & you would have voted `in` to rock the boat.
        What UK has lost is European hospitality & you are miles apart.
        Unlike you and your tiger party I do not die even for my belief because I may be wrong!

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    Dayan the war monger types:

    ” This perspective is what I call “Smart Patriotism””

    Denying people democracy can be described as “Smart Patriotism”. A major overhaul of Constitution is being done by both SLFP and UNP, which requires the endorsement of people in a referendum. Being a paranoid racist Dayan objects to exercising one form of franchise, the referendum.

    MR decided to have Northern Provincial Council elections in 2013, which Dayan the public racist objected to. He wanted an interim council manned by the unknowns. Denying people the democratic right is known to hims as “Smart Patriotism”.

    This windbag a failed revolutionary had this to say about the President of this island who was elected by the people in 2015:

    “The project of patriotic resistance had no option of accepting President Sirisena’s leadership over Mahinda Rajapaksa’s simply because the former showed no signs of giving leadership to the anti-UNP struggle. Given President Sirisena’s continuing compact with the UNP—which was inevitable given his compact with CBK—and given the UNP’s capitulationist compliance with the Western-minoritarian bloc, any renunciation of Rajapaksa in favor of Sirisena would have been a disabling of the struggle against the UNP and the project of Western-minoritarian re-molding of the Sri Lankan state.”

    http://nation.lk/online/2015/08/29/

    Utter condemnation for democracy, its process and people who exercised it.

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      A people who want to have minority rule over majority is talking about democracy

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      Spring Koha

      could you translate the one below:

      “This existential threat must be defeated “by any means necessary” (Malcolm X), and that task presents itself to us with “the fierce urgency of now” (ML King).”

      Dayan Jayatillek

      A Dividing Society, A Divided Self
      18 January 2017
      Colombo Telegraph

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    Dayan the D…..,

    I only read your last line of your article, as I didn’t want to waste my time reading your crap.

    Even in that, I found utter non sense of your ideas..Quote ” Executive Presidency, which was ideal for professionals to participate and serve”

    Yes, you should bring back MARA to the presidency as advocated by you many a times, then and only then can the professionals of the calibre of Sarath N Silva, Mohan Periris, GLP , Dayan the D….., Sachin Vaas , Wimal, Basil, Gota, Namal, Shiranthi, her Bro, Udayanga, the other relative who is in remand and all other professional crooks can rob and rape our beautiful country and murder all others who come in their way.

    You are damn right about your observations, hats off to you Dayan the D…..

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    I wonder, out of 2000 professionals said to have attended “Viyath Maga”, how many of them are holding positions in this Government?

    If the answer is none, then this “Viyathmaga” is a failure.

    If the answer is yes, but a few, then the country should hail them.

    Most of the professionals attended are connected to politics one way or the other. Therefore, one can assume that the goal of this “Viyath Maga”, whatever it is, I don’t know, will also be politically motivated.

    The “Viyath Maga” aka the Group of Professionals should have the backbone to stand on their own. If they need support from politicians, that means that they are doubtful of their own ability to survive.

    There is one universal quote that applies to every sector inlcuding politicians and professionals, i.e. no one is indispensable in this world. Quote: “People who think they are better than everyone else should walk by a cemetery so that they can see that no one is indispensable and we all end up there”. Unquote:

    “The leaders should make leaders not followers.” The professionals can be replaced by other professionals and same goes with politicians. The world evolves. Nobody can stop that.

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      Dayan J has proudly presented a perspective called “Smart Patriotism”. In the same breath he says:

      Quote: ” I. For an island like Sri Lanka whose destinies have been shaped, even determined, not by purely internal dynamics but by the interaction of the internal and the external factors and influences, there cannot be an ideology, world outlook or policy paradigm that is purely “national”…….We cannot allow the international to be imposed upon the national nor can we impose the national upon the international.” Unquote:

      What is he trying imply? According to the above quote, this “Smart Patriotism, unlike the ‘Pure Patriotism’ as we all know, has two branches – one is connected to national and the other is connected to international. Therefore, if there are issues that have international connections, a domestic solution should not be presented and the country should pave the way for an international intervention although the issue is national.

      He called this is “Smart Patriotism”. Hilarious. If you are a Professional and a Patriot, then you should be able to change the position of international players on the domestic issue, if it is detrimental to the country and make them believe and trust in your domestic solution. That is called “Smart”.

      The Patriotism is not a quality that anybody could apply by themselves. It is a notion (a virtue?) that others could decide. Therefore, the reason for being Professionals don’t qualify for them to be Patriots, smart or otherwise. Only their actions will prove who they are. The words only prove who they want to be.

      This whole “Smart Patriotism” jargon ends up with one observation. The “Viyath Maga” supports a Hybrid Court with Foreign Judges!!! Don’t deny it – this is Dayan J’s own words – Quote: We cannot allow the international to be imposed upon the national nor can we impose the national upon the international.” Unquote: This shows where this whole thing is leading to.

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        Champa

        This shameless war monger is trying to hide himself from his sins by hiding behind smart ass patriotism.

        Thats all to it.

        What else is the purpose for invoking patriotism?

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    I don’t think Samare knows what happened in “69”…

    Anyway it is about time this lot got together as one unit.

    Besides the great majority of rural poor inhabitants these professionals also have have theirs and their children and their grandchildren’s future and well being at stake..

    Unlike the great majority inhabitant population who are the rural poor Buddhist and Catholic inhabitants these are the ones who have the clout to do something to protect them against this nasty Yahapalanaya ,

    Which is nothing but a UNP scam to get what ever they can for the UNP card carrying members their relos and close buddies..

    And give the Vellalas what Chelva couldn’t get from Dr Batalanda Ranil’s ancestors. And please the West.

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    There is an Organisation of Professional Associations which represents most if not all, professionals.
    It has existed since the Nineteen Fifties.

    http://opasrilanka.org/

    “……………….who identified themselves as ‘patriots’…….”
    These “smart patriots” appear to be ‘fellow travellers’ of the Sirisena regime.

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    Dayan was a Minister in the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Front Provincial government in the North. Now, was that “smart patriotism,” or ‘foolish patriotism?”

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      Karunaratne Gamage

      “Now, was that “smart patriotism,” or ‘foolish patriotism?””

      It was sheer opportunism.

      Probably a trade off between opportunism and patriotism.

      Did the IPKF rig ballot for Dayan’s victory in that particular election?

  • 8
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    Dayan is a disgrace.

    He should give up MARA and form his own group without making himself the laughing stock of the world.

    There is nothing called smart patriotism. Just another sham word for the gullible.

    If he is serious about peace, he should facilitate autonomy for Tamils. But if he is MARA’s bark-boy then we shouldn’t take him seriously.

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    This is the end of Viyath Maga too.

    Wherever he goes defeat follows.

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    Day dreaming! DJ. Oh my gosh all the war criminals are seated like saints!
    The game plan is to bring bayagota in 2020.

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    Niyamai , Champa. Apt comments.
    It is puzzling why DJ has quoted Buddha. He fogets that Buddha’s teachings are universal and eternal. Will Dr.DJ enlighten the CT readers whether Buddha was born as an Indian or Sri Lankan ? Whether Buddha was smart patriot like DJ ?

    How DJ sees the geological aspect of Adam’s Bridge ?

    Why DJ has left out 2 major rebellions by the JVP and the role Premadasa played ?
    Who identified the talent of Lakshman Kadirgamar and brought him into the cabinet Chandrika or Rajapaksa ?

    Which constituency Lakshman got elected ?
    Why Lakshman was not preferred to be a presidential candidate ? What solutions to the grievances to the minorities were sold by Lakshman to the IC ?

    Why no Tamil or Muslim candidates contested under SLFP ticket in the North and East ?

    Why DJ’s demi God goes to Singapore and not Malysia for medical advise or medical treatment ?

    Why can’t Viyath Maga member of DJ’s choice give medical advise orr treatment to MaRa ?

    Can “snake oil seller ” DJ enlighten the CT readers ?

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    “nvited to address the convention after the rousing yet non-partisan introductory remarks by Dr. Godahewa, I ….”

    Modesty is not DJ’s strongest point!

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    කිලිනොච්චි කියල මැදවච්චි ගියා , අලි මංකඩ කියලා පාමංකඩ ගියා . දැන් මාලිගා හදනවා යහපාලනය කියා .!!!

    Said they were going to Kilinochchi but went to Medawachchi; said they went to Ali Mankada, but went to Pamankada.

    Now making palatial mansions saying Yahapaalanaya.

    DJ, why are the “good governance” “anti corruption” Civil society deaf and dumb? WE voted for change but we are getting more of the same bullshit corruption. How does the President afford to send his kids to London? That is tiny but how does the Finance guy get to threaten, intimidate and buy up land and build a mansion when he already had a massive house?

    MR will never win again and we do not want him. But when there is nothing happening except corruption and contradictory actions by PM and President and a lot of lies and Hoaxwagens what do we do? Are we all f****d?

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    Sri lanka should build a thrid political alternative. People can come from both UNP and SLFP. their quality should be improved. Maithripala may be good if he is with good people.

    As I understand, Sri lankan parliament is destroying the country. there will be a point it is simply a ruined one and no longer can be reapired.

    Most of the UNP and JO are there for sucking life blood out of the ignorent and get rich.

    Ultimate out come of this constitution and all this drama will be a another lot of new politician will come to the parliament. That is the last thing Sri lanka needs.

    Employyes are not working. Higher officials, doctors, engineers, except a handful, are all a Mafia asking destruction of the country. Leading politicians are thinking and planning for the next election and when to beomce the president etc.,

    Increaseing the number of politicians, trusting politicians do it and sharing or devolving political powers Sri lanka becomes a Chicago or a Havana before fidel Castro. that needs to be changed.

    Devolve the useful administrative powers. change the constitution to a system that before 1972, and include good parts of the 1972 and 1978 constitution. Cut down the parliament so many three wheeler parties and the number of politicians at every level. Introduce a Senate to represent minorities among minorities.

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    Whats so smart about these 2000 asses? What is DJ talking about Gramsci calling them “organic intellectuals”?

    With such smart asses around what is the state of the country today. Each person having debt of Rs 400,000 and paying 30,000 per month to look after a bunch of idiots.

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    Here is a list of names whom MR considered to be patriots, as he assigned them valuable duties, which no
    one else attempted: Helping Hambantota was a private Fund manned by;-
    Chamal Rajapakse – Chairman, Mahinda Rajapakse – Vice Chairman, Basil Rajapakse, Gothabhaya Rajapakse, Prithi Rajapakse, Vichitra Rajapakse, Lalith Chandradasa, Secretary (Brother-in-Law), Thusith Ranawaka, W. Gunasekera, U Wijesinghe (secretary), Chandra Wijewardena, Shiranthi Wickremasinghe(wife of the PM), Ramya Hettiarachchi, Ayoma Peiris, Pushpa Wickremasinghe, Sathindra Perera, Shainda Rajapakse, Saminda Rajapakse, Himal Rajapakse, Rangani Hettiarachchi, Thejani Rajapakse, Chaminda Rajapakse, Henri dissanayake, Vernon Samarakoon, Nihal Gunasekera, N.Ratnayake, Sarath Amaraweera, A.Weerarathna, J.P.Ratnayake, J. Amarawickrama, Upul Dissanayake, Udayanga Weerathunga, Dulari Dissanayake, Kithsiri Sepala, Keerthi Dissanayake, Dushyantha Roopasinghe, Jaliya Wickremasinghe, Anura Goonaratne, S. Jayasundara, K.M.A. Godawatta, P.H.G. Premasiri, Mendis Rohanadeera, T.Jayasinghe, Layanal Sarath, Edirisinghe, D.C.H.Samarasinghe

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    Do any of these Public Servants have decent gigs in the Police Department, because the Law & Order seems to have gone to Pathlalya.

    15 Kilos of Heroin were found in Grandpass. That is huge .

    Angoda Lokku is still on the run.

    Good Cops who really cleaned up Pathlaya are behind bars with the Intelligence Officers.

    Yahapalanaya gave amnesty to the Pathalaya and a whole lot migrated back to eat Kiribath in Bloemendhal , Grandpass , and the other outer suburbs where UNP Politicians reign supreme.

    Now the UNP IGP says they can’t be blamed for the Prison Guards getting killed in Kalutara, where the Yahapalana chief spokesperson resides.

    But the IGP who runs Dr Ranil’s F******CID and the normal CID both, says he is going to eliminate Pathlaya promtly and legally..

    How cool.

    Wonder whether he has plans to run a crash course in Legal Studies for Pathalaya blokes. in Grandpass.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “15 Kilos of Heroin were found in Grandpass. That is huge”

      Say in the olden days how much commission Dr Mervyn would have charged to clear the 15 Kilos?

      Probably this would not have happened, everything would have been hushed up at the Customs. Ministry of Buddha Sasana would have cleared the consignment with a letter instructing the customs to do the necessary.

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      K A Sumanasekera

      Do any of these Public Servants have decent gigs in the Police Department, because the Law & Order seems to have gone to Pathlalya.

      The way of Drug cartels work is they pay very well to all the govt officials and threaten to kill those who do not corporate. Higher officials may include ministers too. In the business network, they kill any one who does not obey their rules.

      Different business netwroks are owned by different cartels competing for the same territory. sometimes, there are wars between different cartels for business and one cartel’s assasins get rid of the leaders in the other ring. The same thing happens to lower ranks of the same group who do not pay the revenues.

      In Sri lanka, too higher officials may not be interested as they get payments.

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      Who put Duminda S in Prison ?

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    I don’t think Mahinda Rajapakse comes to politics again.

    Other than that, If this is an exercise to make Rajapakse cronies have their way again, Rajapakse henchmen to have their way again, to his looters in the rajapakse govt being prosecuted by some respectable organization and not one like FCID operating under Ranil, or it is to duplicate the same old criminal organization in diyawanna oua, then it should fail.

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      Rajapaksas will never come back again.

      The citizenry is slowly understanding the real faces of them who were behind masks all this time.

      They would do anything to gain power, but people will start rejecting them in no time.

      This power hungry selfish politics should come to an end.

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    According to DJ Wimal Weerawanse,now lagging in jail, is the smartest of patriots

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    Smart Patriots you say DJ- brilliant
    I can visualise MR smiling and thinking- useful idiots
    As much as I defended you been called a UI in these very pages and in person, regret to say you are living up to that name.
    Best

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    See below, how IMF is issuing the report card about Sri lankan finance minister.

    Ranil wickramsinghe is a dead beat. He does not manage it. He is just waiting until thins correctt itslef or by the voters ?

    The International Monetary Fund ( IMF) says the contributions and interventions made by finance minister Ravi Karunanayake to overcome Sri Lanka’s economic crisis is wholly unsatisfactory. The minister is accused of a large scale of corruption and misusing the state resources since he assumed the office.

    Excepting construction and tourism, all other sectors are experiencing a serious collapse, the fund’s South Asian representatives say in a special report.

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    Building a strong power base of “Organic Intellectuals” is extremely necessary for the progress of Sri Lanka. It should cut across age, gender, ethnic/linguistic, religious, caste, social class demarcations. Buddha started with 5 disciples. Dutugemunu started with 10 worriers. In comparison 2,000 is a substantial number to begin with. As DJ mentioned both national and international dimensions are equally important. Not sure how far “Viyath Maga” has explored/progressed in building it’s international base/network.

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      Hela

      “Building a strong power base of “Organic Intellectuals” is extremely necessary for the progress of Sri Lanka.”

      You mean building a base of “Organic Intellectuals” with so called intellectuals who believe in playing to the gallery espousing lowest of ideals similar to Wimal/Dayan agreement on Mahinda? Read what organic intellectualism mean:

      “So Wimal was probably right when he said to rapturous applause “Mahinda is not a name, Mahinda is a country!”

      The Rising: Nugegoda Feb 18th
      Dayan Jayatilleka

      on Unceasing Nugegoda I

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        Dumb Native Veddo:

        You mean building a base of “Organic Intellectuals” with so called intellectuals who believe in playing to the gallery espousing lowest of ideals similar to Wimal/Dayan agreement on Mahinda? Read what organic intellectualism mean.

        I am not trying to justify saying this time Dayan is right.

        : On the other hand, Even Lord Buddha had so many criticizing Buddha.

        So, what is the middle line ?

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        Ignorant Veddek……….have to sympathise with your condition……..

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    An intellectually rigorous, lucidly persuasive exposition that shows what Dayan is capable of when he chooses to be free from his politics & polemics.

    That said, An organic intellectual elite under the Rajapakse Family is the equivalent of a Gramcci- Musoolini coalition!

    CT deserves praise for letting me listen to DJ.

    Recovering from surgery I enjoyed listening to to rare piece of Sinhala eloquence.

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      Convalescing! good luck
      remember a leopard never changes his spots.
      What is `smart`? See my comment above.
      Doping Patriotism.- it will kill us all.

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    ” Patriotism is the large refuge of scoundrels” – Samuel Johnson

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    Dayan borrows the adjective `smart` from technology.

    You can never be smarter than the Indians or Chinese who still are unable to have `smart`

    Because its Doping to make things happen in materials at will.
    All Asia still imports the doped material.

    The CIA won’t let Lanka dope at will.

    keep selling your heroin from Pakistan – 83 riots were based on doping.

    English riots – most were stoned.

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    Dear Dr Dayan

    In your article, you use the term ‘Smart Patriotism’ and then refer to ‘Advanced Patriotism and Backward Patriotism. This is just poppycock!

    You have a habitual tendency to use inflated vocabulary when straightforward expression would do. In plain English, patriotism is a quality of being vigorously supportive of one’s country. So, let’s ask this important question:

    “How can a country instil this quality in its citizenry?”

    The answer is so simple and straightforward, it should be obvious to all:

    “By ensuring that the country treats all its citizens as equal and by being impartial to all.”

    So why don’t you write your next article on whether Sri Lanka is an ‘Advanced State’ or a ‘Backward State’ in this regard? But please do so in plain English!

    Thank you.

    PS:

    “Plain English is clear, straightforward expression, using only as many words as are necessary. It is language that avoids obscurity, inflated vocabulary and convoluted sentence construction. It is not baby talk, nor is it a simplified version of the English language. Writers of plain English let their audience concentrate on the message instead of being distracted by complicated language. They make sure that their audience understands the message easily.” – Professor Robert Eagleson

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      KumarParan

      “So why don’t you write your next article on whether Sri Lanka is an ‘Advanced State’ or a ‘Backward State’ in this regard? But please do so in plain English!”

      No he cannot write in plain English because he is a smart ass patriot, a hypocrite, self confessed war monger, a public racist, a war crime denier,….. never been intellectually honest and now an enemy of Democracy.

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      KumarParan

      So why don’t you write your next article on whether Sri Lanka is an ‘Advanced State’ or a ‘Backward State’ in this regard? But please do so in plain English!

      Understand how desperate Tamils are when they doing everything to get piece of that “backward Stated”.

      YOu people died for 30 years, became suicide bombers, complaining to UNHXR and all over the world

      All for piece of that backward state.

      Don’t you think you people are hypocrites ?

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    There are three types of people who have become hyper active condemning DJ after his speech.

    1. LTTE supporters/ Tamil separatists – No matter how much they attack Dayan, and call him opportunistic and stupid they very well know DJ is one of the best thinkers of the enemy camp. Their strong dislike towards DJ comes from this understanding.

    2. UNP supporters/ Yahapalana supporters – Simpletons who have no idea on what is happening in the country or any grasp in the geo political game played involving Sri Lanka. These people tend to believe RW to be some miraculous genius which moda baiyyas do not understand. But the reality is every action RW takes it proves he is a number 1 idiot and far from being a genius.

    3. Sinhala nationalists – Nalin De Silva faction and other Sinhala nationalists who dream on creating a narrow Sinhala Buddhist nation ignoring the multi ethnic and multi religous character of the country. They hate DJ for his religion, his western up bringing, his staunch support for 13 A and calling Sri Lanka multi ethnic..

    I have utmost respect for DJ for doing what the country needs now amidst such attacks.

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    What sort of a PROFESSIONAL is Basil ten percent R? He is there in a big way.. and what are GR’s credentials besides doing a good job ending the war and making UDA efficient? You are making false claims when a man who allegedly cheated people in Australia is hanging on to the tail of the saatakaya too. MR will not win again but he can win enough votes to be a force but he will NEVER be our PM nor President again

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